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Tablets – low end vs. high end

The digital world is moving at the speed of light with funky new gadgets appearing in the blink of an eye. Picking a smartphone or a tablet has become a big (read: entertaining) chore which requires doing your homework right.

The market is teeming with scores of tablets in every shape and size, which is why it is essential to know what you really want. The question: are you buying a slate for virtual connectivity, playing 3D games, listening to music, reading a book or simply a gift for your kids? The price and type of your potential tablet also depend on what you are buying the gadget for.

There are a number of options – from market dominators iPad and Galaxy Note to cheaper, low-functionality slates. You can always go for inexpensive options if your requirement consists of mere Internet browsing, chatting or giving it to your little kids for infotainment purposes. Although not an Apple to look at, these mainly Chinese versions are great for basic use especially those coming with 2GB to 16GB storage capacity, Android 2.2 or 2.3 ARM processor and 256MB to 512MB memory.

If you are looking for a higher end product, it really boils down to iOS versus Android or more aptly, the iPad versus the Galaxy Note. There are the slimmed-down Windows 8-based tablets such as Microsoft Surface or Samsung’s Slate which are making a significant mark in the tablet market. Offering tons of apps, great HD experience and brilliant aesthetics, you can never go wrong.

Handy Hints
• Tablet options include dominators iPad, Galaxy Note
• Inexpensive options are ideal for Internet browsing
• There are slimmed-down Windows 8-based slates


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